Swim Team Registration is LIVE!
Welcome Back Dolphins!
We are SO excited the season is just a few weeks away! My youngest has been counting down the months since the pool closed and now we are counting down the weeks, haha. We had a historic season as Division 6 Champions last summer and made some HUGE moves up in the Southern Division! We are now in Division 4. This season will be more challenging, but we will swim some very familiar teams and most of all.....HAVE FUN!!!
First, we have assembled an outstanding coaching staff for our 2023 season! We are SO excited to announce that Mae Deaton is moving into our Head Coach role. She is going to do an INCREDIBLE job and has so many years of experience at Dutchman and teaching kids to swim elsewhere. She has some fabulous ideas and team building activities that we are hoping to implement this season! We are so BEYOND fortunate to have two amazing Senior Assistant Coaches, Dani Koehler and AJ Robinson. Both have such a wealth of experience and knowledge! We are hoping to showcase their strengths in their official coaching titles (which I am having a hard time naming because, in all honesty, I don't think a name will do their positions justice). When their titles come to me, you will get an email. Matt Robinson and Nessie Gay have served as volunteer coaches, and we are THRILLED to have them officially join our coaching staff this year as Assistant Coaches. We cannot wait to get started with such a fantastic and familiar group of coaches at Dutchman!
We have a few changes for this year. We are tweaking the registration costs. It will still be $105 per swimmer this year for your first swimmer. Every subsequent swimmer will be $95. We are hoping to help out, even if just a little, our families with multiple swimmers.
Next, 6 and unders will still have to pass an independent swimming test to be allowed on the team. Your swimmer must be able to swim the 15 yards unassisted. That means they can dog paddle, elementary backstroke, whatever they need to do to get to those 15 yards with no help. Our coaches will be in the water with them so that part will not go away. We introduced this as a requirement last season, and it was a success. If your child cannot do 15 yards unassisted, feel free to reach out to one of our coaches for lessons. When they are able to meet that goal, we will be happy to add them to our team at a prorated price!
Now, we are sending an all call AGAIN this summer. Some key parent volunteers have kids aging out THIS YEAR. I can't even talk about it right now because I will cry. We MUST have younger parents willing to step up and take their key volunteer spots when that happens. If not, we won’t be able to have a swim team. Please let us know if you are interested in training on those. They include concessions (Please, please, please! This one is an IMMEDIATE need), volunteer coordinator, and team treasurer. We are hoping to have a few parents step up and shadow them over the upcoming season so it will be a seamless transition when it happens.
Finally, we are looking forward to another season closer to normal following the pandemic. That being said, the rule still stands: regardless of illness, please do not bring your swimmers to practice if they are sick. It is common sense, but it is also helpful in keeping the rest of the team healthy.
Here are important dates you’ll need to have:
- May 14th: Meet the Coaches from 6-7pm at the pool
- May 15th: First Day of Practice
- Time Trials: TBA
- June 12th: First Day of Split Morning/Evening Practice
- June 13th: First Swim Meet of the 2023 Season
The meet schedule is posted the team website. We are a smaller pool, and we had 108 (!!) swimmers last year. We anticipate that many or more this year! We are offering both morning and evening practices again (once traditional calendar school is out). That schedule will be available soon! If you can come in the mornings, please do. It will help alleviate overcrowding in our evening practices!
Registration is LIVE here! If you are a returning swim team member, please use your login from last year. It has stored all your previous info to make registration easier. If you don’t remember, use the “forgot password” feature.
If you are interested in being a sponsor for the upcoming season, please let us know!
We are so looking forward to an incredible season for our Dutchman Downs Dolphins!
Amy Holliday and the Dutchman Downs Swim Team Board